Peer Recognition for my largest project ever

Just returned from the American Institute of Architects Design Awards Ceremony this evening - received a design citation for the new Reading Citadel High School we completed last fall. As a horribly complicated conversion of a 140 year old catholic hospital into a public school, we have never been able to tell the story of this 8 year in the making, 320,000 square foot, $78 million dollar project. Tonight - with the design jury consisting of three architects from Europe, we were apparently able to do so. I wonder perhaps if the european emphasis and sensitivity to urban commmunity design allowed them to see what suburbanized american architects are unable to. In the end, regardless of any awards from my fellow architects - this project is really about saving the City of Reading (just named by the US Census as the poorest City in American)

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